Temporary Bison Quarantine To Be Set Up In Yellowstone

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Yellowstone National Park plans to use a temporary bison quarantine facility in the upcoming winter/spring for 54 animals it kept separate from the rest of the herd. Park Supervisor Dan Wenk said last spring the herd was 5,500 strong but the bison management plan required it be whittled down to 3,800. “Because we have a large population that necessitated we remove over 1,200 animals last year ,” Wenk said. “ That is not, unfortunately, unusual.” Wenk said the bison have tested negative numerous times for brucellosis and the hope is to transfer them into the care of tribes interested in managing wild bison herds on reservation lands. “You know, the bison is a very, very important part of their culture,” Wenk said. “And so I think that opportunity...

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